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December 08, 2008


Sam's Neph

Great analysis of a culturally relevant and historical song. A line of particular importance is the refrain in which Sam said

I go to my brother, I say help me please/
But he winds up knocking me, back down on my knees.

To me, this verse symbolized the fragmentation of the black community, most notably the conflict between a younger, more militant generation and an older generation unwilling to buck the system.

Classic, indeed.

Erik Greene
Author, “Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective”

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